GCSEs for Medicine at Uni

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Are universities too strict on GCSEs for Medicine? Or like can excellent A-Level results compensate for the not so great grades at GCSEs (Mainly B's odd A* and A)

Posted Sat 16th June, 2012 @ 13:19 by Ameenah:)

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Due to the high number of people applying they will look at your GCSEs, so if your grades at GCSE are not outstanding then I think it is worth having a back up plan. 

Answered Sat 16th June, 2012 @ 13:34 by Former Member
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i think that most unis expect at least 7 A*s at gcse for medicine

Answered Sat 16th June, 2012 @ 17:50 by Né M
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its better to do well in ur GCSEs...they will need to look at it due to the high competition.. :/

Answered Sat 16th June, 2012 @ 19:41 by Namita
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The problem is that for courses like medicine, everyone applying has excellent A level grades so universities look to GCSE grades as way to distinguish between applicants. Some universities do have strict GCSE cut offs (I believe Birmingham want about 8 A*s as a minimum) whereas other universities look at contextual information more to determine how well people did at GCSE.

Take a look at: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Medical_School_GCSE_Requirements

Answered Mon 18th June, 2012 @ 10:28 by Emma (admin)
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Emma, i think im going to be able to get about 4 a*'s  surely and the rest at a's. do you think i have a chance in medicine? considering that in the future i got excellent a levels? im worried about my future in medical at the moment, not sure if i can make it :/

Answered Mon 18th June, 2012 @ 11:16 by priya777
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Firstly remember that at this time of year a lot of people convince themselves that they've "failed" or not done as well as they hoped. This is natural and with many people their fears won't actually turn into reality on results day as they've have done much better than they think. If you come out with all As and A*s then that's a good result which will put you in a good position for applying to medicine in a few years time assuming everything else about your application is strong.

Obviously you will need to ensure that you meet the entry requirements for all of your choices in full so there's no point applying to a university that wants 8 A*s if you don't have 8 A*s, for example. However, the majority of unis look at your top 6 or 8 results and attach a score to each grade so 4 A*s would be okay here.

There will be people going into medicine with more than 4 A*s but there will also be people going into medicine with much less than this. What you need to do now is work on building your experience (quality is more important than quantity) and ensuring that your AS level grades are as strong as you can make them.

Answered Mon 18th June, 2012 @ 12:31 by Emma (admin)
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Thankyou soo much Emma! you really encouraged me! :D And ill take your advise and put it into action now, I'm gonna try finding some work experience during the summer holiday and also start focusing on my a levels. Thanks again Emma! :D **

Answered Tue 19th June, 2012 @ 12:35 by priya777